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Rhône River Entering Lake Geneva, Switzerland and France – May 10th, 2010

46.4N 6.5E

May 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Switzerland - April 28th, 2010

Switzerland - April 28th, 2010

Lake Geneva (below center) is the largest Alpine lake in Europe, with an area of 224 square miles (581 square km). The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side.

The lake lies between southwestern Switzerland and Haute-Savoie département, in southeastern France. About 134 square miles (347 square km) of the lake’s area are Swiss, and 90 square miles (234 square km) are French.

Crescent in shape, the lake is formed by the Rhône River, which enters it at the east end between Villeneuve, Switzerland, and Saint-Gingolph, France, and leaves it at the west end through the city of Geneva.

Rhône River Crossing Swiss Alps

46.6N 7.8E

March 16th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

Switzerland - February 17th, 2010

The Rhône River flows across the middle of this orthorectified image of Switzerland, dividing the Alps. Also visible in the upper right quadrant are Lake Thun (left) and Lake Brienz (right).

Lake Thun is an Alpine lake in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. It took its name from the city of Thun, on its northern shore. It is drained by the River Aar and fed by water from Lake Brienz and various streams.

Lake Brienz is located in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The lake took its name from the village Brienz on its northern shore. Interlaken and the villages Matten and Unterseen lie to the south west of the lake.

The Rhône River Spilling into the Mediterranean – October 25th, 2009

43.2N 5.3E

October 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

Many lakes and lagoons are present along the coast of the South of France, from the Étang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau), the dark blue lake at the bottom left, to the lighter colored Étang de Berre on the right, west of Marseille.

Created by the rise in water levels at the end of the last ice age, this small inland sea is composed of three parts: the principal body of water, the Étang de Vaïn to the east and the Étang de Bolmon to the south-east.

Flowing down through the center of the image is the Rhône River, which eventually spills some sediments into the Mediterranean Sea near the Étang de Berre.

Ridges of the Massif Central, France

45.7N 2.9E

February 18th, 2011 Category: Mountains

France - January 16th, 2011

The Massif Central is an elevated region that consists of mountains and plateaux, situated in the middle of southern France. It covers 15 percent of the country.

Here, the peaks of several mountain ridges are capped in snow. These central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rhône River.

Puy Mary and Other Snow-Capped Peaks of the Massif Central, France

45.1N 2.6E

April 5th, 2010 Category: Mountains

France - March 5th, 2010

France - March 5th, 2010

The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaus. It is situated in the middle of France and it covers 15 percent of the country.

Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, these central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rhône River and known in French as the sillon rhodanien (literally “the furrow of the Rhône”).

The Massif Central is a distinct physiographic province of the smaller Central European Uplands division. The entire region contains the largest concentration of extinct volcanoes in the world with approximately 450 volcanoes. One strip alone running north to south and less than 60 square miles (160 km2) contains 115 of them.

Visible as a deep groove in the midst of the snow-capped peaks near the image center is the Pas de Peyrol (el. 1,589 m), a mountain pass located in Auvergne, France. The pass is on the slopes of Puy Mary (1,787 m) and is the highest road pass in the Massif Central.